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QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON HAPPINESS 7

 

 

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

 

Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)

 

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.

 

Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)

 

If all were gentle and contented as sheep, all would be as feeble and helpless.

 

John Lancaster Spalding

 

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.

 

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)

 

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.

 

Benjamin Spock (1903-1998, American pediatrician)

 

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)

 

The greatest happiness is to transform your feelings into actions.

 

Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)

 

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

 

Freya Stark (1893-1993, British travel writer)

 

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

 

Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)

 

To describe happiness is to diminish it.

 

Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842, French writer)

 

Happiness, at least is not solitary; it joys to communicate; it loves others, for it depends on them for its existence.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)

 

To forget oneself is to be happy.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)

 

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.

 

John Stossel

 

Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.

 

August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)

 

I find my joy of living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life.

 

August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)

 

Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.

 

L.J. Cardinal Suenens

 

Happiness is a perpetual possession of being well deceived.

 

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)

 

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

 

Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)

 

No man is happy unless he believes he is.

 

Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)

 

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

 

Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)

 

Happy is he who performs a good deed: for he may tip the scales for himself and the world.

 

The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)

 

If a man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam.

 

Richard H. Tawney (1880-1962, British educator)

 

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.

 

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)

 

Behold, we count them happy which endure.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: James 5:11

 

The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

Be open to your happiness and sadness as they arise.

 

John M. Thomas

 

Buried deep in the maze of commonplace, the pearl of true happiness lies. And he who rejoices in little things, finds the pathway that leads to the prize.

 

Lucy M. Thompson

 

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.

 

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)

 

We are made happy when reason can discover no occasion for it. The memory of some past moments is more persuasive than the experience of present ones. There have been visions of such breadth and brightness that these motes were invisible in their light.

 

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)

 

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.

 

Thucydides (BC 460-400, Greek historian of Athens)

 

Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.

 

John Tillotson (1630-1694, British theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury)

 

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

 

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)

 

Man is meant for happiness and this happiness is in him, in the satisfaction of the daily needs of his existence.

 

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)

 

The only certain happiness in life is to live for others.

 

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)

 

No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.

 

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963, American preacher)

 

Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.

 

Thomas Traherne (1636-1674, British clergyman, poet, mystic)

 

You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.

 

Thomas Traherne (1636-1674, British clergyman, poet, mystic)

 

Happiness walks on busy feet.

 

Kitte Turmell

 

The happiest people are those who are contributing to society.

 

Ted Turner (1938-, American businessman, founder of CNN)

 

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

Happiness ain't a thing in itself -- it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

To be busy is man's only happiness.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

After what we can say, you can be sure the happy heart will make the happy day.

 

Author Unknown

 

Better be happy than wise.

 

Author Unknown

 

Enjoy yourself. These are the "good old days" you're going to miss in the years ahead.

 

Author Unknown

 

Everybody lives for something better to come.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness consists of three things; Someone to love, work to do, and a clear conscience.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness is good for the body but sorrow strengthens the spirit.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness is like a kiss in order to get any good out of it you have to give it to somebody else.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness is the act of being tough with ourselves and tender with others.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

 

Author Unknown

 

Happy is he that chastens himself.

 

Author Unknown

 

Here's to the past. Thank God it's past!

 

Author Unknown

 

It is comparison that makes men happy or miserable.

 

Author Unknown

 

It is difficult for any of us to go through life without either increasing or diminishing somebody's happiness.

 

Author Unknown

 

Let him that would be happy for a day, go to the barber; for a week, marry a wife; for a month, buy him a new horse; for a year, build him a new house; for all his lifetime, be an honest man.

 

Author Unknown

 

Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.

 

Author Unknown

 

Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights.

 

Author Unknown

 

Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.

 

Author Unknown

 

Results are what you expect; consequences are what you get.

 

Author Unknown

 

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.

 

Author Unknown

 

The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present.

 

Author Unknown

 

The happiest of people do not necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

 

Author Unknown

 

The key to happiness is having dreams. The key to success is making your dreams come true.

 

Author Unknown

 

The most important thing in our lives is what we are doing now.

 

Author Unknown

 

The only true happiness is that which we give others.

 

Author Unknown

 

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a life time.

 

Author Unknown

 

The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

 

Author Unknown

 

The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion.

 

Author Unknown

 

The way to be happy is to make others happy.

 

Author Unknown

 

Then is then. Now is now We must grow to learn the difference.

 

Author Unknown

 

There is no greater happiness than that which comes from sharing… no greater joy than that which comes from loving, giving, and caring.

 

Author Unknown

 

Today was once the future from which you expected so much in the past.

 

Author Unknown

 

True happiness comes from the knowledge that we are of some use in this world.

 

Author Unknown

 

True happiness, it has been well said, is not to be found in more possessions, or in the expenditure of wealth for the physical things of life. True happiness will be found, as it ever has been, in the deep satisfaction that comes from contributing to worthwhile community needs.

 

Author Unknown

 

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.

 

Author Unknown

 

Where one is wise two are happy.

 

Author Unknown

 

Who will present pleasure refrain, shall in time to come the more pleasure obtain.

 

Author Unknown

 

You can't pursue happiness and catch it. Happiness comes upon you unaware while you are helping others.

 

Author Unknown

 

Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.

 

Veda Upanishads (c. BC 800-, Hindu poetic dialogues on metaphysics)

 

Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.

 

Robert R. Updegraff

 

There are men who are happy without knowing it.

 

Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)

 

Happy is the man who has learned the cause of things and has put under his feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed.

 

Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)

 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

 

Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website: www.deniswaitley.com

 

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

 

Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website: www.deniswaitley.com

 

That which you create in beauty and goodness and truth lives on for all time to come. Don't spend your life accumulating material objects that will only turn to dust and ashes.

 

Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website: www.deniswaitley.com

 

The best philosophy is to do one's duties, to take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, and bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is.

 

Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British author)

 

Happiness comes from... some curious adjustment to life.

 

Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941, New Zealand writer)

 

The happiest people I have known in this world have been the Saints -- and, after these, the men and women who get immediate and conscious enjoyment from little things.

 

Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941, New Zealand writer)

 

The happiest people I have known in this world have been the Saints -- and, after these, the men and women who get immediate and conscious enjoyment from little things.

 

Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941, New Zealand writer)

 

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

 

Donald J. Walters (1926-, American author, lecturer, playwright)

 

Make one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time, at least.

 

Charley Willey

 

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.

 

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)

 

Happiness is not dependent upon circumstances but upon attitudes; it is not so much environmental as mental.

 

William A. Ward

 

The roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service.

 

William A. Ward

 

The surest cure for loneliness, the quickest way to happiness, is found in this, a simple creed: Go serve someone in greater need.

 

William A. Ward

 

No one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

 

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900, American author)

 

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

 

George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))

 

Happiness is not in having being; it is in doing.

 

Lillian Eichler Watson

 

The future is made of the same stuff as the present.

 

Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)

 

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.

 

Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)

 

Happiness is the ability to recognize it.

 

Carolyn Wells (1870-1942, American author)

 

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

 

Edith Wharton (1862-1937, American author)

 

Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results.

 

Dennis Wholey

 

Whatever is -- is best.

 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)

 

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

 

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)

 

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.

 

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)

 

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing Double Dahlias in his garden.

 

Beran W. Wolfe

 

If you observe a really happy man, you will find... that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of each day.

 

Beran W. Wolfe

 

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

 

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)

 

Joy is the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.

 

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)

 

We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.

 

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)

 

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others. Do not strain after the needs of life. It is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly. Life is here to Enjoy!

 

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1911-, Indian spiritual teacher, founder of Transcendental Meditation)

 

For me, happiness came from prayer to a kindly God, faith in a kindly God, love for my fellow man, and doing the very best I could every day of my life. I had looked for happiness in fast living, but it was not there. I tried to find it in money, but it was not there, either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be fundamental truths of life, when I began to develop my limited ability, to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts and fill it with zeal and courage and love, when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly, I began to feel the stimulating, warm glow of happiness.

 

Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)

 

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.

 

Margaret Young (American author)

 

Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself

 

James Van Der Zee

 

It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.

 

Citium Zeno (335-264 BC, Greek philosopher)

 

Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.

 

Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

Author's website: www.zigziglar.com

 

People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain whenever they're awake, and whenever they're asleep, they are thinking about what to complain about tomorrow.

 

Adam Zimbler

 

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